Events October 2023

Washington Square Village, 1958 & 1960, Paul Lester Wiener and S.J. Kessler & Sons. Photo: John Arbuckle
Washington Square Village Garden, 1959, Hideo Sasaki of Sasaki, Walker & Associates (Watertown, MA), landscape architect. Photo: John Arbuckle
University Village, 1967, James Ingo Freed of I.M. Pei & Associates. Photo: PCF&P/George Cserna

Washington Square Southeast Urban Renewal

October 29, 2023

The 1950s Washington Square Southeast urban renewal project—a reduced version of an earlier, broader Washington Square South plan—cleared nine blocks of Greenwich Village to create three “superblocks.” One was designated for New York University expansion, the others for housing. All now belong to the University. The tour will view the built results including work by Philip Johnson, I. M. Pei and Hideo Sasaki and discuss their subsequent evolution.

Guide: Kyle Johnson, AIA, Board Member, DOCOMOMO US/New York Tri-State.

This tour is part of DOCOMOMO US Tour Day 2023, a series of tours across the country throughout the month of October. This year’s thematic focus is “Revisiting Urban Renewal.” The Washington Square Southeast Urban Renewal tour is being offered in conjunction with a tour of urban renewal at Lincoln Center on Saturday, October 28 by the New York Tri-State chapter. Together, these two tours offer the opportunity to spend a weekend exploring urban renewal in Manhattan.


Sunday October 29, 1:00pm


$20 DOCOMOMO Members / $25 General Public
Advance Registration Required. Space is limited. Rain or shine.
Tour meeting place will be provided upon registration. The tour will last 1.5–2 hours